Mother, daughter killed in house fire on Old Kimbrough Road

Published 2:17 pm Saturday, December 31, 2022

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A mother and daughter were killed in a fire on Old Kimbrough Road Saturday morning, according to a press release from Troup County.

The victims were identified as Elizabeth “Beth” McDonald, 80, and her daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” McDonald, 58. The fire occurred at 83 Old Kimbrough Road, with units responding at approximately 12:06 a.m.

The press release said the fire was accidental in nature, according to the Troup County Fire Marshal and State Fire Marshal’s Office. It started in a wash room off the back porch from heat lamps.

Troup County Coroner Erin Hackley determined each woman’s time of death to be approximately 2:32 a.m. Saturday morning. They will undergo autopsies at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Decatur.

“We are deeply saddened by this morning’s tragic fire that claimed the lives of two of Troup County’s citizens and our hearts are with the family and friends left behind,” said County Manager Eric Mosley.

The responding units arrived to a home with some roof collapse that was still well involved with the fire. According to the press release, firefighters initiated an exterior fire attack using hand lines with water and firefighting foam in an attempt to suppress the main body of the fire.

The responding units were Engines 1, 4, 10, Tanker 1 and Truck 1. One volunteer firefighter also provided on-scene assistance as well as Troup County Fire Chief Michael Strickland and Fire Marshal Kevin Norred.